Leisure Centre flats plan is thrown out

Tilbury Leisure Centre

Tilbury Leisure Centre

First published in News

PLANS to develop the old Tilbury Leisure Centre have been thrown out by Thurrock Council’s planning committee.

Developers had planned to demolish the structure and build a block of flats and gym on the prominent Brennan Road site.

Local residents were angry at the plans, with 500 signing a petition against the development.

They were furious developers had not consulted with them over what sort of building should replace the centre, which has been disused for seven years.

At a planning committee meeting last Thursday, councillors voted to reject giving planning permission, calling the application “peacemeal”.

Developers GH Land had hoped to build 24 flats and a gym on the site, but speaking as an objector to the plans at the meeting, Tilbury councillor Lynn Worrall called the them “faceless”.

She said: “I am disappointed to be sat here discussing this.

“This is more flats, not affordable housing which Thurrock needs, with a token leisure centre on the ground floor.

“We need something special on that piece of land.

“This is a poor development and a poor application.”

Debating the application, Cllr Phil Anderson, Tory group leader, said: “This ought to be one of the most iconic sites in Thurrock.

“If you were to grade this application like a school report you’d give it a C, shows potential could do better.”

An application to develop the rest of the site was submitted on May 8 by the same developer.

This application will seek planning permission for a further 15 flats.

Labour Cllr Gerard Rice pointed out that the developers should put the plans together to form one application, calling the current application “peacemeal”.

Tory Cllr Tunde Ojetola said: “Developers need to think about the whole site. Quite a few good points have been raised.

“It is crucial that the developer engages with the community and understands what the community wants.

“The developer needs to go back and do a bit more.”

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11:41am Fri 8 Jun 12

Bernard 87 says...

This shows how councillors of all colours are capable of making solid planning decisions based on the needs of the local community unlike the Deveopment Corporation. I'm glad that they saw through the plans, which in effect, were just flats on top of a gym. Well done to all councillors.
This shows how councillors of all colours are capable of making solid planning decisions based on the needs of the local community unlike the Deveopment Corporation. I'm glad that they saw through the plans, which in effect, were just flats on top of a gym. Well done to all councillors. Bernard 87
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3:11pm Fri 8 Jun 12

angrytaxpayer99 says...

Just what Tilbury needs, more flats!! When are people going to wake up to what is causing the youth of today to be such scumbags, when I was 15/16 (20 years ago now) I lived in tilbury and spent so much time over and in the leisure centre, playing tennis, badminton, and the 5 a side football pitch etc, it gave us something to do away from being a nuisance to joe public. What do the kids of today in Tilbury have? All people seem to care about is how to make a few quid, how about putting children (yes those little people we all pretend to care so much about) top of the list and the government give the town some funding to do something useful with this waste of a facility!
Just what Tilbury needs, more flats!! When are people going to wake up to what is causing the youth of today to be such scumbags, when I was 15/16 (20 years ago now) I lived in tilbury and spent so much time over and in the leisure centre, playing tennis, badminton, and the 5 a side football pitch etc, it gave us something to do away from being a nuisance to joe public. What do the kids of today in Tilbury have? All people seem to care about is how to make a few quid, how about putting children (yes those little people we all pretend to care so much about) top of the list and the government give the town some funding to do something useful with this waste of a facility! angrytaxpayer99
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4:28pm Fri 8 Jun 12

sarahpinky says...

angrytaxpayer99 is so right.....what is neededd is a communial area which the children, youth and everyone of the community of tilbury can use, when the sport centre was operational people has somewhere to go no matter what the weather plus peoples health was a lot fitter then it is now.....If this building was made in to a communial building for everyone in tilbury to use like it was when it was a leisure centre it will once again bring our community back together again.
angrytaxpayer99 is so right.....what is neededd is a communial area which the children, youth and everyone of the community of tilbury can use, when the sport centre was operational people has somewhere to go no matter what the weather plus peoples health was a lot fitter then it is now.....If this building was made in to a communial building for everyone in tilbury to use like it was when it was a leisure centre it will once again bring our community back together again. sarahpinky
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10:19pm Mon 11 Jun 12

BB8H22A5 says...

Gosh sometimes I really hate developers.

I mean, does this country need any more flats? Flats should be good as a starting point in life, but there should be more affordable houses so children have the space to grow, explore and engage in safe out door activity.

That aside, why on earth can they not do something for the Tilbury community - such as Life Skills classes, community centre, literacy classes, sports centre - SOMETHING for the community.

We have way too many developers in this country and it's all for a quick quid!
Gosh sometimes I really hate developers. I mean, does this country need any more flats? Flats should be good as a starting point in life, but there should be more affordable houses so children have the space to grow, explore and engage in safe out door activity. That aside, why on earth can they not do something for the Tilbury community - such as Life Skills classes, community centre, literacy classes, sports centre - SOMETHING for the community. We have way too many developers in this country and it's all for a quick quid! BB8H22A5
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11:27pm Tue 19 Jun 12

sarahpinky says...

BB8H22A5 i agree with you, I live in Tilbury and I am also Volunteer at the One Community Development Trust based in Tilbury, and we work from a small shop in Dock road where we run Work Shop coffee mornings to help people with CV's and all aspects of Job hunting and Course finding so people can develope their lives to the best they can.
We also run Credit Union, English Improvement lessons, and Volunteer Programes (VIP) and many other service like monthly Housing Drop in's and Zumba which we have to rent another property for so we can provide this service as ours is way to small.
We are a charity that is run by Volunteers and would love to able to use a place such as the old leisure centre as we still have so many ideas (which are ideas that the local community have come to us and have said they would like us to do) and plans but just dont have the space to be able to do them and being a small charity we can not afford to buy such a property to work from such property is just a mare dream to us.
If developer want to do something with this building then they should do something that is going to benefit OUR community and the only way they are going to do that is by doing what we at the One Community do and that is ASK and LISTEN to what our community what and need.
BB8H22A5 i agree with you, I live in Tilbury and I am also Volunteer at the One Community Development Trust based in Tilbury, and we work from a small shop in Dock road where we run Work Shop coffee mornings to help people with CV's and all aspects of Job hunting and Course finding so people can develope their lives to the best they can. We also run Credit Union, English Improvement lessons, and Volunteer Programes (VIP) and many other service like monthly Housing Drop in's and Zumba which we have to rent another property for so we can provide this service as ours is way to small. We are a charity that is run by Volunteers and would love to able to use a place such as the old leisure centre as we still have so many ideas (which are ideas that the local community have come to us and have said they would like us to do) and plans but just dont have the space to be able to do them and being a small charity we can not afford to buy such a property to work from such property is just a mare dream to us. If developer want to do something with this building then they should do something that is going to benefit OUR community and the only way they are going to do that is by doing what we at the One Community do and that is ASK and LISTEN to what our community what and need. sarahpinky
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